CPH Post

National

Danes don’t mind paying taxes ... sort of

But a third said they believed that their tax money was being wasted on bureaucracy


Almost 90 percent of Danes don’t mind paying taxes to help support Danish society, but there are many who want to pay less (Photo: Colourbox)

June 9, 2014
11:07

by CW


A new Gallup survey for Berlingske newspaper has found that 88 percent of Danes don’t mind paying taxes to help support Danish society.

Bent Greve, a welfare researcher at Roskilde University, was surprised that many Danes were so positively inclined to paying taxes as the nation still battles to emerge from the financial crisis.

“It shows that Danes generally back the welfare state’s way of functioning,” Greve told Berlingske.

“The crisis has shown people that it can be difficult to find a job. That strengthens the common feeling and the admission that it if one needs help, they should get it.”

READ MORE: IT blunder could cost taxman millions

Too much bureaucracy
But, despite the vast majority of Danes agreeing that taxes should be paid, it’s another story all together when it comes to the amount paid, and where it ends up going.

Almost half the Danes asked said that it would be a benefit if taxes were reduced, and nearly a third didn’t want their tax money going to people who don’t contribute anything financially to society.

Furthermore, close to another third said they believed that their tax money was being wasted on bureaucracy and administration, while 20 percent felt they were being punished financially for putting in extra effort.



Related stories



Latest Comments

Only 14% more?

(Jens Rost on November 27, 2014 01:44)

I don't like the idea of the government taking on the job of "protecting"...

(Jenni Silberstein on November 27, 2014 01:20)

I'm just happy that they didn't disparage Nørrebro; I would like the...

(Daniel van der Noon on November 27, 2014 01:12)

"the belief that most other cultures are lesser is widespread. We all have a...

(Lorenzo Luis Albano Farias on November 27, 2014 00:26)

Underpants

(William Harvey on November 26, 2014 19:29)

This must end

(Dyan Kane on November 26, 2014 19:23)

How did that not crack? with climate change

(Will Apple on November 26, 2014 19:05)

But Ray, surely it is THIS article that we are referring too? Is it really...

(Lars Mathiesen on November 26, 2014 17:04)

"It takes a lot of courage to go against the norm," as Karina Lins writes in...

(Gale Langseth on November 26, 2014 14:12)

Most sports or excersise programs that require little to no money for the...

(Jon Paris King on November 26, 2014 13:49)